By: Makenna Percy
WHY IS THIS INFORMATION ACCURATE?
I was once an owner of the Debate Club and Drama Club. Even though both clubs failed, I studied why that was and I also studied the other clubs to see why they failed in the first place. I’m still keeping track of what clubs exist, currently on a Google Doc. If you would like to take a look here’s a link: Samueli Academy High School Activity's
10 WAYS TO MAKE A CLUB SUCCESSFUL
MAKE A CATCHY NAME
Be creative when making a catchy name. Make sure it’s obvious why that is the name, so people can recognize it easily. The name must be memorable enough that even a person with short term memory loss will know the name.
HAVE STRONG LEADERSHIP
Make sure the roles are clear and there is a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. It is important the leader follows ASB requirements to make a club and keep it. If the president is busy too often most likely the club will not succeed. You can’t expect people to come to your own club if you don’t come. However, when it is absolutely necessary the vice president must step in. If this happens too often, then a new president should be elected.
CHOOSE A GOOD FACILITATOR
If the facilitator isn’t willing to help the club be successful and is absent often then the support is gone. It's one thing to have the students be in charge of their own club and it's another to have no support at all. Over the past 2 years the clubs that really succeeded were the ones the teachers supported the most.
This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s probably the most difficult thing. If the club fits their area of interest, but they think they could be doing something else instead of wasting their time at your club then that’s a sign you need to step it up. Clubs need to be made in the very beginning of the year before students commit themselves to something else that could prevent them from going to your club. Then you need to sell the club as something worth that person's time, so they can eventually become a regular member. Regular members will usually think of these club meetings as first priority and will go out of their way to clear their schedule.
Leaders will have the most difficult time with this because they have to plan for their club as well as do school work. “Time management is going to be a huge part of what makes or breaks a club,” said Kevin Luna, the ASB clubs and organizations commissioner. Leaders need to take their club seriously and not abandon it by joining things like sports or other things that may overlap.
Using money for just food is not the best idea. It might help you attract people, but it's the wisest decision to use it for only that reason. Get t-shirts to advertise your club. Have your club help design the t-shirt, so they feel apart of something. Save money for a huge club event. Split your money into different categories, so you have money reserved for food but also for other things.
HAVE HUGE EVENTS
Using Town Hall will make your club known to the entire school, so having big events will give a good excuse to talk to the entire school of a reason why students should join your club. Students might join your club for that one event, though. So, make sure you try to sell them on coming to your club when doing that big event.
Take advantage of every opportunity ASB gives you to fundraise because it's not just about money, but it also lets students know that your club exists. Also, come up with some of your own opportunities to fundraise. If you can make it related to your club that would be best because it would help advertise your club. Remember even though our school is a small school, not everyone will know that your club exists.
Honestly, this is very vital to attracting high school students. When people look through the window and see food it makes them wonder what the club is and whether they should join it. It’s the same reason why people vote for the guy who gave them cupcakes during asb elections because they will remember his name. Bringing food to your club can be looked at as a bribe to make your members stay or you can look at it as having a fun time. The intention doesn’t matter as long as there’s food.
Usually a good facilitator will be willing to find good connections because they can with our school connections. They will find a special guest to help your club out or find volunteer experiences. Either way it will be something different for the club and something worth announcing at Town Hall. However, it doesn’t always have to be the facilitator that find these adults. Students club leaders can as well, but it will be much harder.
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